Our long and unusually cool winter has kept our gardens dormant. With the arrival of spring weather we are able to get out and have a closer look at your plants. Below are some jobs to consider if you are not sure where to start.

  • Clean up debris from winter storms. Smaller material can be composted and larger branches disposed of.
  • Tie up branches bent over from heavy snow or consider cutting back to rejuvenate the plant.
  • Prune out broken limbs, leaving a clean, smooth wound that will heal quickly. Severely damaged plants may have to be replaced.
  • Prune fruit trees and summer flowering shrubs (i.e. roses and hydrangeas) now.
  • Fertilize trees and shrubs now to encourage a strong flush of growth in April/May. Our 18-6-6 and 12-16-12 are ideal for this.
  • Weeds like growing in spring. Catch them early with a hoeing or smother under compost or bark mulch.
  • Prepare vegetable beds by working in compost or other organic soils. There are hardy greens and vegetables that can be planted now.
  • Lawns had a rough winter and are looking tired. Help them freshen up with fertilizer such as our 31-0-6. If the grass is looking thin, springle our 'Overseeder' on the exposed soil.
  • Bring some colour to the garden with hardy, cool season annuals such as pansy and snapdragons.

With the warmer weather, look forward to being outside as nature bursts forth with colour and the renewal of fresh growth. A great way to cheer up after a winter that was too long!

Vegetable Planting Chart for Coastal BC

We are getting many enquiries as to what to seed and when, or what to plant and when! Luckily, West Coast Seeds has provided an excellent planting chart for our area. To view their planting chart which includes information on when to start your seeds indoors, when to direct seed outdoors, when to transplant, cover your seedlings and transplant and cover your vegetables view their chart here.

Waterfall outside Dinter Nursery